UKHS_logo_with_txt_WEB My new self hosted film review site http://www.UKHorrorScene.com has just gone live .

After the success of this blog I decided to push ahead with my own site and as well as film reviews etc,  it will also have more new contributors and articles ranging across the board and trying to cover all bases in the horror genre. So everything from reviews to interviews to lifestyle will be covered.

This means that unfortunately this will be the last post for TheCorpseGrinder!!

I would like to thank everyone who has followed , read , replied , spread the word and helped me out over the past year. I hope you can all check out the new site and get involved , and if anyone wants to contribute please mail me at contact@ukhorrorscene.com and there is also a submission page on the site so anyone can send me articles , reviews and the like very simply.

So I am afraid it is RIP TheCorpseGrinder and HELLO UKHorrorScene!!

Thank you all and may the gore be with you xx

Andy

New UK DVD and BluRay releases for week 6th May 2013

 

These are the DVD & BluRay releases for the UK for the week beginning Monday 6th May 2013.

Pick of the Week is a music DVD – Rainbow Live in Munich 1977 . This is the definitive Rainbow line-up with Blackmore , Dio (RIP) and Powell . Blackmore had to be smuggled out of Austria on the day of the gig due to a *police incident* and arrived just in time for the gig. This is a powerhouse performance of a true classic metal band !!

Please note that these are releases that fall under the horror genre umbrella that includes horror, exploitation, comic book characters , sci-fi, giallo , anime and music releases. It is not a full exhaustive list of everything just what I think fits this blog . Thanks!

rainbowmunich1977Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (DVD) Eagle Rock

drwhovisitationDoctor Who : The Visitation – Special Edition (DVD) 2entertain

avengersearthsmightiestAvengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol 5 (DVD) Walt Disney Studios HE

avengersearthsmightiest6Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol 6 (DVD) Walt Disney Studios HE

blackmirrorseason2Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror – Season 2 (DVD) Channel 4 DVD

facilityThe Facility (DVD) Momentum Pictures

shadowpeopleShadow People (BluRay & DVD) Anchor Bay Entertainment

thetowerThe Tower (DVD) Entertainment One

comeoutandplayCome Out And Play (DVD) Metrodome Distribution

bigfoottapesThe Bigfoot Tapes (DVD) Signature Entertainment

wrathWrath (DVD) OMG!

sickboySick Boy (DVD) 101 Films

killerscreedKiller’s Creed (DVD) Films For You

summerscarsSummer Scars (DVD) Soda Pictures

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Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.

Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

On a personal note Slayer were my first love in the mid to late 1980’s , Hell Awaits & Reign in Blood will always live with me and changed my life . I met Jeff twice and once sat and drank with him & Tom for 2 hours, he was funny , gracious and very down to earth . RIP Jeff – I raise a glass & horns in your memory – shred in hell brother!!

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Well today finally got round to showing off my fancy new logo and name for the new site.

I am looking to have it going live in around 10 days from now but you never know it may be sooner .

UK Horror Scene will be a film review site , but also looking at all things horror and it’s genre. there will be music and gig reviews, a lifestyle section for anything from clothing to homewares to tattoos . And finally a new interactive calendar that will keep visitors up to date with what is going on in the UK from screenings , festivals , conventions etc .

The new Facebook group is open https://www.facebook.com/Ukhorrorscene and catch me on twitter @ukhorrorscene .

Finally thank you to everyone for the support not only through The CorpseGrinder blog but also with everything for UKHS. I really do appreciate it .

Andy !!

Hello there , my name is Andy and I am a horroroholic .

Because of this I am setting up a new UK based horror website which will be going live very soon (in 2 weeks hopefully and new name will be announced in the next couple of days). It will be similar to my CorpseGrinder blog but will have a more UK based bias and will include much more content like the following – horror & genre film reviews , music & gig reviews , horror genre with music & lifestyle news , a section on lifestyle featuring things like clothing, homewares , tattoos and more.
The site will feature a large interactive calendar of events for the UK , including film screenings, festivals, releases , conventions and more.

So what I need to help me share the load (as this is a hobby & I work full-time) is contributors. I need people to send in reviews of new & old films, reviews of UK gigs , articles on anything horror genre related and lots of news stories from around the globe (but especially in the UK) again under the horror umbrella.

If you are at all interested please email me – thecorpsegrinder@gmx.com .

I can promise you a picture and short bio on the site , and all articles will have this on. Also in the future you may be sent new films to review and/or new UK DVD releases again for review.

What I need for reviews is approx 500 words starting with a brief synopsis and then a review. Maybe link actors and directors and stay as spoiler free as possible. It is OK to tell the outline of the film but not the twists , turns and finale.

For news articles any length is fine but must have where the article was taken from , share not steal !!

Grammar is fairly important but (as you can see from reading this article) it isn’t the be all and end all.

Finally on the new site there will be a submit page where you can send a headline , category , full article and up to 3 pics . This then comes straight to me , so it is a nice quick way to send things on the go .

I cannot pay anything for any articles but this is a good starting point and stepping stone for anyone wanting to dip their toe into contributing and people who just have a love of all things dark and want to help out on a new , exciting entry into the murky world of horror !

Thank You

Andy

thecorpsegrinder@gmx.com

New UK DVD and BluRay releases for week 29th April 2013

 

These are the DVD & BluRay releases for the UK for the week beginning Monday 29th April 2013.

Pick of the Week is Arrow Video’s BluRay release of Mario Bava’s gothic masterpiece Baron Blood!!

BaronbloodbluBaron Blood (BluRay) Arrow Video

spartacuswardamnedbluSpartacus – War of the Damned (DVD & BluRay) Anchor Bay Entertainment

spartacuscompleteSpartacus : Complete Collection (DVD & BluRay) Anchor Bay Entertainment

startrek best of both bluStar Trek: The Next Generation – Best of Both Worlds (BluRay) Paramount Home Entertainment

startreknextseason3Star Trek : The Next Generation – Season 3 (BluRay) Paramount Home Entertainment

baitbluBait (DVD , BluRay & 3D BluRay) studiocanal

collectionThe Collection (DVD) Entertainment One

newtwilightzonecompleteThe New Twilight Zone : The Complete Collection (DVD) Shock Entertainment

startrek1-10Star Trek : Star Sate Collection – Movies 1-10 (DVD & BluRay) Paramount Home Entertainment

ironmanextremisIron Man – Extremis (DVD) 101 Anime

slasherhouseSlasher House (DVD) Safecracker Pictures

slaughtertapesThe Slaughter Tapes (DVD) New Horizon Films

sleeptightbluSleep Tight (BluRay) Metrodome Distribution

patientxPatient X (DVD) Golem

ghostencountersGhost Encounters : Paranormal Activity Abounds (DVD) Wienerworld

 

 

New UK DVD and BluRay releases for week 22nd April 2013

These are the DVD & BluRay releases for the UK for the week beginning Monday 22nd April 2013.

Really slow week with the major release being Rob Zombie’s new film Lords of Salem. But Pick of the Week must go to the new BluRay release for the classic Blood on Satan’s Claw from Odeon Entertainment.

Please note that these are releases that fall under the horror genre umbrella that includes horror, exploitation, comic book characters , sci-fi, giallo , anime and music releases. It is not a full exhaustive list of everything just what I think fits this blog . Thanks.

bloodclawBlood on Satan’s Claw (BluRay) Odeon Entertainment

lords of salemThe Lords of Salem (DVD) Momentum Pictures Home Ent

knighridersKnightriders (BluRay) Arrow Video

kingthornKing of Thorn (DVD or DVD & BluRay combo) Manga Entertainment

iron man armoured1Iron Man Armoured Adventures – Season 2 Vol 1 (DVD)

rabiesRabies (DVD) Soda Pictures

notellmotelNo Tell Motel (DVD) 4digital

richard lionheartRichard the Lionheart (DVD) Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment

finalritesThe Final Rites (DVD) Metrodome Distribution

familyguysomethingFamily Guy – Something Something Something Darkside (BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

familyguytrilogyFamily Guy Trilogy (DVD & BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

familyguyitsatrapFamily Guy – It’s A Trap (BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

candlemassdocumentsCandlemass – Documents of Doom (2 x DVD) Flying Dolphin

predetortrilogyPredator Trilogy (BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

kruxKrux – Live (DVD) Flying Dolphin

reservoirdogsReservoir Dogs – Collectors Edition (DVD) Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK Ltd

vampiressuckVampires Suck (BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

predatorsPredators (BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

jennifersbodyJennifer’s Body (BluRay) 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

 

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The Wicked 2013

Dir Peter Winther   –  100 Minutes

UK DVD release 101 Films

 

A small town in Michigan has it’s very own urban legend . There is an old house hidden away in the woods known as Open Hearth and legend has it that if you throw a rock at the house and it just hits the wood then you are OK , however break a window and *The Wicked* will come for you.

The Wicked starts with a young girl (Amanda) crying in her bed , her mother asks what the problem is and she is told that her daughter went off to Open Hearth with some older kids and she broke the window and now the witch is coming for her. Her mother explains that this is just a story that has been told for generations to scare the local kids and everything will be OK. After closing her daughter’s door and returning to whatever task mothers do , there is a scream and when she returns she finds her daughter has just vanished!!

Now a couple of days later 18 year old Zach (Justin Deeley) and three friends Carter (Chase Maser), Julie (Jess Adams) and Tracy (Jakelyn Gauci) decide that while Zach’s father is away they will all go on a camping trip up into the woods. When they arrive they go nearby to Open Hearth and each throw a rock at the house and one smashes a window. Now they don’t know who smashed it but leave slightly unnerved and go to camp nearby.

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Unbeknownst to Zach , his younger brother Max (Devon Werkheiser) and his friend Samantha (Diana Hopper) have found out about their plans and followed them . They also go the Open Hearth and throw rocks and Max breaks a window , later in the woods they are being followed and Max records a message on his camera just before they disappear . Also where the gang are camping Tracy finds a teddybear that belonged to Amanda (we know this from the missing posters) , so they decide to investigate Open Hearth for signs of the missing girl.

Phew , well that is a brief synopsis of the first 30 minutes or so. Now I must admit The Wicked does sound pretty poor , but I do love a good witch/haunted house movie and this is a bit of both. And I really enjoyed it .

The Wicked is a lot of fun , just don’t take it too seriously as it doesn’t. You have the high school kids up for a dare , the nosy younger brother and his wise-ass friend ,the two dumb and obnoxious police officers and a witch, I mean what more do you want? The house as a set is great and of course surrounded by woods gives it a great feel.

The film feels like an adult version of a Disney story .The story about throwing a rock at the witch house used to be a senior dare at high school until a group of kids went missing 15 years ago. The witch, LaDean LaRene, survived her original witch burning by eating children. Little ones keep her young. Old ones keep her strong. And pretty ones keep her beautiful. And there is also a handy little rhyme that the locals sing – “Season of the Equinox, the witch besets her kill. One less soul the town to know, taken against their will.”

The acting is well above average and the whole story of the urban legend plays out very well , there are some negative points including if only one of the gang broke a window why does the witch hunt them all? Also the ending left me quite disappointed and at 100 minutes this could and really should have come in about 20 minutes lighter. Also a real bugbear of mine is CGI and there is some here and it is not too clever – but that’s me , I like it old school !

However I believe this will polarise viewers , it is the old Marmite adage – you will either love it or hate it. I am definitely in the former , I really enjoyed The Wicked and found it a good old fashioned horror story . It is at times nasty, bloody and scary as hell but the comedic value and lighter moments really round it off nicely.

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Also finally what I also really liked were all the usual horror tropes were here but the cast never adhered to the known rules of what NOT to do in horror films . They had sex , investigated strange noises, split off into groups or individually , summoned the witch , camped in the woods , went into a haunted house etc etc .  Great stuff .

The Wicked has Magic , Myth and Gore wrapped in a horrific Witches cloak 6/10

 

The Wicked will be released in the UK through 101 Films on DVD & BluRay on  June 10th 2013

These are the DVD & BluRay releases for the UK for the week beginning Monday 15th April 2013.

There are a few good new releases and a large re-release selection of BluRays – region free from Warner Home Video including The Exorcist , Beetlejuice , The Shining , Clockwork Orange and many more .

Pick of the Week is the fantastic I Didn’t Come Here To Die . The directorial feature debut by Bradley Scott Sullivan is the story of six young volunteers working on a humanitarian project in the woods. Horrific accidents, rash decisions and the unpredictability of human nature leads them all to the same disturbing conclusion. This is a superb film that is a wonderful homage to eighties horror films but is unique , horrific and hilarious at times. This is a MUST SEE for any fans of Evil Dead , Cabin in the Woods and many other backwoods slashers. It is easy to say this is just a homage, however IDCHTD has so much more to it , at times utterly unique this really is a stand out horror film.

You can read my review here and also my interview with director Bradley Scott Sullivan here .

Please note that these are releases that fall under the horror genre umbrella that includes horror, exploitation, comic book characters , sci-fi, giallo , anime and music releases. It is not a full exhaustive list of everything just what I think fits this blog . Thanks.

Ididn'tcomeheretodiedvdukI Didn’t Come Here To Die (DVD) Second Sight

deadheadDead Head (DVD) Eureka Entertainment Ltd

evildead2Evil Dead 2 (DVD & BluRay) Studiocanal

ironmanriseoftechovoreIron Man : The Rise Of Technovore (DVD & UV copy) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

theshiningdvdThe Shining (BluRay & UV Copy) (Region Free) Warner Home Video

vampireprincessmiyuVampire Princess Miyu : Complete Collection (DVD) MVM

subspecies3bloodlustdvdSubspecies 3 : Bloodlust (BluRay & DVD) 88 Films

arena-raptureArena – Rapture (DVD) Metal Mind

deadenddriveinDead End Drive In (DVD) Arrow Video

mayikillyouMay I Kill You (DVD) Cyclops Vision

devilsofwarDevils of War (DVD & BluRay) Signature Entertainment

gremlinsGremlins (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

loupsgarousLoups Garous ( BluRay & DVD) Manga Entertainment

enterthedragonEnter The Dragon (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

vulgariaVulgaria (DVD & BluRay) Third Window Films

zombiesvsstrippersZombies vs Strippers (DVD) 88 Films

clockworkorangeClockwork Orange (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

neverendingstoryThe Neverending Story (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

trueromanceTrue Romance (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

interviewwiththevampireInterview with The Vampire (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

exorcistThe Exorcist (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

monochromesetm80dvdThe Monochrome Set – M80 (DVD) Wienerworld

dollhouseDollhouse (DVD) Soda Pictures

youngoffenderYoung Offender (DVD) Point Blank

se7enSe7en (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

lostboysThe Lost Boys (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

beetlejuiceBeetlejuice (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

poltergeistPoltergeist (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

gooniesThe Goonies (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

matrixThe Matrix (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

sherlockholmesSherlock Holmes (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

clashofthetitansClash of the Titans (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

wildmanofkentuckyThe Wildman of Kentucky (DVD) Wienerworld

diaryofavampireDiary of a Vampire : The Legacy of Bram Stoker (DVD) Wienerworld

tronTron (DVD) Walt Disney Studios HE

thedarkknightThe Dark Knight (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

inceptionInception (BluRay & UV Copy)(Region Free) Warner Home Video

 

 

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Dead Souls 2012

Dir. Colin Theys   –   92 minutes

UK Distribution – 101 Films

Dead Souls starts in a fairly brutal manner ,it doesn’t pull any punches here. A preacher living at a farmhouse with his wife , teenage daughter, young son and baby boy goes berserk. He kills his wife , daughter and son , and then crucifies them in the barn along with himself , and getting that last nail in is a doozy. But before he died the young son hid the baby boy in the basement and the film then moves forward 17 years to the modern day.

Johnny Petrie (Jesse James) is a mild mannered young man living in New York , he has a very strictly religious mother who keeps Johnny strictly under her thumb. Just after his 18th birthday he finds out he has inherited a farmhouse in Maine, when he questions his mother she collapses and is kept in hospital for observation.

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John takes this opportunity to go to Maine and check out his new property . On arriving , he is met by three young men who threaten him and tell him to leave as he is not wanted. Ignoring their advice John meets up with the solicitor and makes his way to the farmhouse.

When they arrive the solicitor explains to John he is adopted and his family died in an accident when he was tiny , and that the woman he calls mother is in fact his Father’s sister. John then decides he would like to spend some time in the empty (but still fully furnished with photos etc all still intact after 17 years) farmhouse. He hears a few noises and finds that Emma (Magda Apanowicz) is squatting there. They make an unlikely partnership as she helps John find out the truth of his deceased family and the reasons behind their tragedy.

Dead Souls is a well above par haunted house story , the setting of the farmhouse is perfect and the sets are superbly staged. The old creaking floorboards and dated decor lead to a really atmospheric feeling . It is dark , gloomy and when you watch keep your eyes peeled for things lurking in the corners and the background.

The acting is well above par (for the main) and with Bill Moseley & Geraldine Hughes in the cast then you know it is going to be a fun film. The score is continually interesting and keeps the film flowing flawlessly, and the lighting is great throughout.

The film does have a few flaws , especially with some of the storylines (like why was Emma in the house and what is her story?) BUT on the whole this is a good spooky horror film that has more invention than your average flick , it is not just a jump scare type horror but has a good back story and genuinely interesting characters and towards the end things do take some really interesting twists.

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Dead Souls is a genuinely creepy ghost story that will scare , shock and reel you in. A must for all haunted house fans and a really good intro into the genre for the new horror fan , as there are plenty of jumps and scares but very little blood and gore.

A unique and intriguing story that really packs a heavyweight supernatural punch 7/10

Dead Souls is released in the UK by 101films on the 8th July 2013 – well worth checking out!!